Punjab Compressed Natural Gas sector being destroyed intentionally: Captain (retd) Shuja Anwar

Rawalpindi, April 02, 2015 (PPI-OT): Central Chairman APCNGA Captain (retd) Shuja Anwar on Thursday said it is fifth month in a row that CNG stations in Punjab have been keep closed intentionally hitting investments and labour intentionally. He said that poor people are being forced to use costly fossil fuel which is contributing to pollution and enhanced oil import bill.

Speaking at a press conference, he said that government has restored supply of natural gas to all sector but CNG as weather has normalised which has left us with no option but to opt for protests. He said that every person in country has a right to operate any business but our basic rights have been snatched forcing many owners into bankruptcies while tens of thousands have been left unemployed.

Captain Shuja said that CNG sector has helped government a lot to transform import of LNG into a reality therefore we deserve support on merit. CNG industry operated for 17 percent of the time in 2014 in Punjab replacing 1.28 billion litres of petrol, he said, adding that 100 percent operation would have saved 3.77 billion of precious foreign exchange while supporting environment and poor commuters.

The leader of the CNG sector said that on one hand gas utilities are harassing CNG operators while on the other authorities have pushed us to the wall putting CNG industry in unprecedented trouble. Issuing a one-week deadline for resumption of supply of natural gas to the Punjab CNG sector, he said that after that we would be free to launch massive protests and take to the streets.

He said that depriving Punjab’s CNG industry of gas is highly unfortunate therefore the CNG operators facing the wrath of authorities should be immediately compensated. Other APCNGA leaders Abdul Basit, Zulqar Hussain, Munir Asghar, Athar Awan, Naveed, Fahim and others were also present on the occasion.

We will not allow anyone to usurp interests of millions of people and thousands of CNG filling stations owners, therefore continued closure of CNG stations cannot be accepted under any circumstances, they said.

For more information, contact:
All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA)
1056-D, First Floor, Satellite Town, Hyderi Chowk,
Said Pur Road, Rawalpindi
Tel: +92-51-4429441, +92-51-4317174
Fax: +92-51-4429461
Web: www.apcnga.org
E-Mail: info@apcnga.org

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